Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Still here…

It’s been a while, but I’m still here! This time of year is certainly one that brings a lot of sadness and emotion with it, and to be honest, the past couple months have just been plain hard around here. There are times when I wonder what’s next… life isn’t easy, and sometimes it just purely stinks, but God is always good and forever faithful.

We are blessed beyond measure when it comes to the family and friends department. So many people love us and pray us through the difficult times and I am forever grateful for them.


This year, for Thanksgiving, we had a big lunch at my Granny’s with my parents. My uncle, aunt and cousin were there, too, and it was a sweet time together. Momma outdid herself and made the meal of meals…and my uncle smoked a ham and turkey and wow, was it good! DW had to bring home a bag for some leftover sandwiches! :)

Over the holiday weekend, I packed up all of our fall fall



and DW pulled out our Christmas bins. (Okay, so I may have had him do that at the beginning of the week! I’m always anxious to get Christmas up!) :)

My parents went with us to get our tree. We always buy it from the same people, and have since we got married!


AB was looking at trees with her Pop, and when they walked back over to us, she was dripping with blue sugar…DSC_4239That’s the way it goes it around here. Ha. DSC_4242

I decorated the tree and the house ALL BY MYSELF.

Ha. Nah, not really. DW hung the lights and all the outside stuff, because he’s awesome and loves me dearly. 2010-11-26_13-20-26_548

And my mom helped inside, because she’s awesome and loves me dearly. DSC_0013

And my dad went and got lunch for all of us, and helped DW outside, because he’s awesome and loves me dearly.

I can’t tell you how good it felt at the end of that day to have all of it up and (almost) finished!

AB ooohed and ahhhed over every thing we pulled out and she loved getting to play with her Nativity playset! DSC_4223Her Granny & Pappy got it for her last year (its the Fisher Price one, and it’s adorable), and she’s loving it this year. She knows baby Jesus, the angel, and Mary, also known as “Momma”… :) We’re still working on Joseph (“Daddy”) and the wisemen. Sometimes she picks one of the wisemen for the Daddy. I think it’s the gold crown and box they’re holding that makes her pick them! ha… 

She also knows Santa Clause and that he says, “Ho Ho”. (which for her sounds like , “oh-oh”… Sunday night, we went out to eat, and there was a man sitting behind us in the restaurant that had a white beard, and the entire time AB kept pointing at him and saying, “ho ho”… ha…

She’s been so excited to have the trees up, and loves having her own! I found her showing her baby doll, Abby, the little trees a couple days ago. :) (one has all of Cooper’s ornaments on it and the other has hers…we buy them a new one every year to put on their trees)…DSC_0006

Along with getting Christmas out and up, we’re getting ready for Annabelle’s 2nd birthday party! Last year was the big party with all of the extended family and lots of friends, but this year it’s going to be a lower key affair. :)  But a party, still! To say I’m excited about it, is an understatement. I can’t wait for Annabelle to see her party and to see how she likes all of the singing, presents, and cake this year! It will be a blog post for sure! :)



Tamara Ann said...

You guys have been in my thoughts and prayers lately. I can't wait to hear more about Miss Annabelle's birthday party!

Nicole said...

Such a gorgeous tree...I just love it. Happy birthday Annabelle!! Thoughts and prayers from Largo.

Mallory said...

Your fall decor is beautiful! AB's smile is contagious, just so pretty. I'm praying for your sweet family during this time of year!

Charon Benton said...

Love all your decorations! I love that you label your containers too, ha-ha! I knew we were friends for a reason! Have to say that last week when I sent y'all an email, I did not realize it was "the day". Ya'll were on my mind and heart for some reason that morning and now I know why. I was thinking it was the end of the week, but I'm so glad I obeyed (for once) the Holy SPirit and sent that email! To say we love y'all is an understatement! Blessings to you as you enjoy this holiday season!

SaraBeth said...

You've been on my mind the past few weeks, and please know that we have been praying for you. Your decorations are gorgeous, and I can't wait to see pictures from AB's birthday party!!!

Julianne Hendrickson said...

WOW you have some decorations, girl! Love it :) I am getting my house together myself. SO fun :)

Carrie said...

Oh, I am loving the extra burst of festive decor on this year's tree. I totally forgot to give you your prize at lunch today!!! It's for your Christmas and I totally forgot!!!

KNOW that I am praying hard for you! Your faith inspires me everyday.

Seizing My Day said...

Thinking of you in my prayers today!! Life can be so overwhelming... but you are right... God is in the midst... offering us love and joy! Happy Birthday to your baby girl!! I am a Dec baby... and Christmas decorations were always up before my birthday as a child! ha ha! =) Hope your heart is filled with a peace that passes all understanding!

Aleta Kaylee said...

Oh I can't wait to see pics of AB's party. She's so precious, Annie. The decorations are beautiful. I agree with you on the sadness thing. This year, i've been a bit of a "debbie downer" b/c I just keep thinking to the stuff that our family dealt with last year around this time. But you're certainly right, God is good. I'm so glad y'all had a great Thanksgiving.

Aleta Kaylee said...

Oh, and that bit about AB saying "ho ho" and pointing to the old man is hilarious.